Drinking Water: Extreme Weather Events Threaten Quality, Says Report

The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]

Report: Society's Water Safety Net Is Fraying

A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]

Beef Pollutes More than Pork, Poultry, Study Says

Want to reduce your eco-footprint? Eat more bacon! By replacing the beef in your diet with other sources of animal protein, you could significantly curb your environmental impact. According to a new, comprehensive study comparing US environmental costs of different meats and animal proteins, beef outpaces pork, poultry, dairy and eggs many times over. [USA Today]

Mountaintop Removal for Coal Hurts Water Quality and Harms Fish, Study Says

A new study confirms that mountaintop removal mining is harming fish in rivers and streams, indicating that water resources are becoming tainted. Minerals released from within stone blown apart by explosives used in the mining process are changing water chemistry, lowering quality and causing tiny fish prey such as insects, worms and invertebrates to die. [Washington Post]

Seven in 10 Worldwide Are Satisfied With Water Quality

A Gallup survey found that 71 percent of people worldwide were content with their local water quality in 2013. Satisfaction was considerably lower at a little over 50 percent in sub-Saharan Africa and some countries of the former Soviet Union. Clean water provision has risen significantly for many African nations, but it hasn't done so quickly enough to ensure wellbeing and satisfaction. [Gallup]

Report: Virginia Ranks 5th Worst for Toxic Chemicals Released in Waterways

Environment America reports that over 206 million pounds of industrial toxic chemicals were dumped into US waterways in 2012. EPA data was used to rank the states, with Virginia being the 5th highest at 11.8 million pounds, trailing the (not-so) top three of Indiana, Texas and Louisiana. Strengthening the Clean Water Act could reduce hazardous pollution. [The Daily Press]

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